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Mary Beth Erskine

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What Does A Forensic Psychologist Do?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 4, 2014 7:29:00 AM

If you're pursuing an online psychology degree, then you might be interested in becoming a forensic psychologist.  Saint Leo Professor Dr. Christopher Cronin gives some insight into this fascinating field.

If you think of the “Criminal Minds” TV show when you think of forensic psychologists, you might want to reconsider.

Dr. Christopher Cronin, Saint Leo University psychology professor, says many TV shows glamorize and misrepresent forensic psychology.

“Forensic psychologists don’t run around with guns arresting people. They don’t fly on private jets, and mental health professionals don’t do criminal profiling,” says Dr. Cronin, who has practiced forensic psychology since 1991 and has conducted more than 6,000 forensic evaluations in the Tampa Bay area.

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Topics: Psychology

Project Management Careers: Technical Communications

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 14, 2014 7:24:00 AM

Combining a Saint Leo degree in project management with years of experience as a technical communicator positioned a Navy veteran for a big step up in his career.

Saint Leo University alumnus Dan Foster may be a seasoned technical communicator, but the world of project management surrounds him on a daily basis.

In fact, as he found out, the skills he has refined over time in technical communications – leadership, team building, conflict management and negotiation, to name just a few – are the same skills project managers put into practice every day.

“Project management is what we, as technical communicators, do all day long,” he says.

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Topics: Project Management

Accelerated MBA: What’s The Key To Success?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 7, 2014 7:35:00 AM

U.S. Air Force Captain Jason Ross shares how he was able to earn an MBA online in one year.

An MBA can help you improve your earning potential, gain new skills and stand out in a competitive job market. So why not try to complete the coursework as quickly as possible?

It’s true — taking two classes each term can help you earn enough credits for an MBA in as little as one year. But following an accelerated MBA path isn’t for everyone. It takes time management, discipline and a willingness to make sacrifices temporarily to reach your goal.

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Topics: MBA

Why Study Marketing Research And Social Media Analytics?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 5, 2014 7:54:00 AM

The tremendous growth of social media to collect customer and market data is creating exciting, new career opportunities.

Not so long ago, social media was for recreational use only – a way for friends and families to connect and share photos. Today, sites such as Facebook, Twitter and countless others have become legitimate and powerful marketing tools.

To meet industry’s demand for managers with the technological and business skills to address this latest evolution in marketing, Saint Leo University launched an MBA concentration in marketing research and social media analytics.

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Topics: MBA

Starting A Career In Critical Incident Management

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 29, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Rene Ortiz got his first taste of critical incident management while serving in the military. More than 20 years later, he returned to school to earn two degrees to advance in this growing field.

Just turn on your television and you’ll see why emergency management is becoming a growing career field. If it’s not blizzards, flooding or tornadoes in the Midwest on the news, it’s drought and wild fires out West, or hurricanes in the South or East.

“There have always been hurricanes and weather disasters, but in these modern times they are more aggressive and cause more damage,” says Rene Ortiz, a recent graduate of Saint Leo University’s online master’s in critical incident management program.

When natural disasters strike, it is increasingly important for law enforcement, first responders, government officials and aid organizations to understand how to manage those critical incidents, mitigate hazards, identify risks, and provide help to people impacted.

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Topics: Critical Incident Management

5 Reasons To Choose Project Management As A Career

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Looking for a lucrative business career in a growing field? Think project management.

A generous benefactor provides funding for a new wing for a local art museum.

A large company needs to update its expense reporting system and roll it out to employees worldwide.

A targeted malaria immunization program is required in an endemic country.

A rock band wants to launch a revival tour.

In a competitive business environment where there is always more to do than there is time or resources, organizations – for-profit, non-profit, private corporations and government agencies alike – are turning to teams for the agility and flexibility needed to get things done.

Leading these fluid and diverse teams are project managers.

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Topics: MBA, Project Management

What Sets Saint Leo’s Cybersecurity Master's Degree Program Apart?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Here are five features that make Saint Leo’s new master’s degree program in cybersecurity different and why they are important to your career success.

If you’re an information technology professional, recent statistics about cybercrime may not surprise you.

Last year, more than $400 billion was spent worldwide on cybersecurity breaches. Forty million Americans had personal information stolen. And 97 percent of small to mid-size businesses were hacked.*

As alarming as those statistics are, according to Saint Leo University’s Dr. Vyas Krishnan, there’s something even more disturbing: these cyber threats are only the tip of the iceberg.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Faith Enables Cancer Survivor To Earn Online Criminal Justice Degree

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 15, 2014 7:23:00 AM

Carol Cuffee, this year’s Rogich Award recipient, is a mom and grandmother. She served with the Navy in Afghanistan. And she beat breast cancer for the second time while earning a college degree.

Carol Cuffee is not the type of person who gives up.

Born prematurely at 3 pounds, Carol was so tiny that even her father, a minister, had trouble believing that she could pull through. She came home from a Savannah hospital in an incubator, but every time the wind blew, the power went out to the very machine that was keeping her alive. Her mother, however, refused to give up on her little girl and held tightly to her faith that she would survive.

Carol keeps that faith today, carrying it through the twists and turns her life has taken in her career, motherhood and health.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Marketing And Advertising: Are They One And The Same?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 10, 2014 7:23:00 AM

If you’re thinking about pursuing a business degree in marketing, it’s important to know the difference.

“Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is okay. You are okay.” -- Don Draper

If you’re a fan of AMC’s hit series Mad Men, you’ve likely gotten a lesson or two in advertising – and life – from Madison Avenue bad boy Don Draper.

But if you’re majoring in business and are truly considering a future in the field of marketing, you’ll want to have a handle on the basics, like the difference between marketing and advertising.

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Topics: MBA, Marketing

5 Reasons SLU's Cybersecurity Degree Is Right For You

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 1, 2014 9:33:00 AM

As the hiring frenzy for cybersecurity professionals continues, Saint Leo’s new master's degree in cybersecurity prepares students for these in-demand careers.

Target. P.F. Chang. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. Sally Beauty.

The list of companies that have fallen victim to data breaches involving customers’ credit and debit accounts grows every day.

Private businesses are not the lone victims of cybercrime. Governments, health care, finance, law enforcement and academia all need information security professionals who can protect their organizations' data assets.

“There is increasing demand for specialized security professionals to protect the computing resources, intellectual properties and security of our organizations and country,” says Dr. Vyas Krishnan, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems in Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

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